Update: ‘N e-shift virtual DCT’ section added to ‘Specifications.’
The N version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been given the green light for launch, and it is set to be the first road-legal pure electric vehicle from Hyundai’s N division. Here’s everything we know about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N:
Design & Styling
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be developed for people who love to drive. It will be a treat for even customers who aren’t performance enthusiasts and prefer sportier styling.
Exclusive wheels, bumpers, paint, and tires
In July 2022, Instagram user shorts_car published the first spy shots of an Ioniq 5 N with its production body. The prototype seemed to be in the Hyundai N signature Performance Blue color. At the front, it had a vertical red strip between its V-shaped positioning lamp and an exclusive bumper sporting a larger central air intake and vertical side air inlets.
Subsequent captures showed the Ioniq 5 N prototypes with the production body. The images revealed that the grille of the lower intake features small dash-pattern inserts. On the sides, the Ioniq 5 N features body-colored wheel arches, unique five-spoke alloy wheels with a hub cap featuring Hyundai N’s logo, side skirts with a red stripe, and red brake calipers. At the rear, a Hyundai N signature triangular high-mount stop light and a more aggressive roof spoiler give the Ioniq 5 a unique styling.
Guided by spy shots, we’ve shown a fixed split air intake in our illustration (above), which should address the need for higher and prolonged cooling. This design also helps it look more aggressive. Blackened headlights and lower fascia add to Ioniq 5 N’s exclusive styling at the front. Lastly, a lip spoiler communicates the N variant’s extra-low stance and a red strip on the same gives it a race-ready style.
The Ioniq 5 N rides on sporty double-spoke wheels finished in black, featuring the N logo, and wrapped in grippier tires. These alloys are inspired by the Pirelli P Zero-wrapped units of the Ioniq 5 N prototypes in recent spy shots. Black fender flares, ORVMs, and door molding add to the sportiness, as do the uniquely designed rocker panels featuring a grey finish on their top part and a red strip on the bottom.
Inside, expect unique upholstery, changes in the graphics of the central display, and one or more performance-related buttons on the steering wheel.
The biggest drawback of high-performance electric vehicles is that they’re silent. While accelerating, they lack the excitement gas-powered alternatives offer with the sound generated by their special exhaust systems. Artificially generated sound is the only solution to add emotion to this aspect. Hyundai is developing ’N Sound’ for performance EVs and something called ’N e-shift’ to complement that artificial sound. N e-shift replicates a gated manual shifter, discussed later in the story.
The Ioniq 5 N has been under development in Germany since 2021. Andrew Tuitahi, General Manager (Product), Hyundai (Australia), had told media that if the company’s N division makes an Ioniq 5 (N), it would be “really quick, very powerful, and lots of fun,” as per a piece by whichcar.com.au, filed in October 2021.
At a media conference held in Germany recently, Albert Biermann said that the Ioniq 5 N will be “much faster” than the i30 N, Drive reported on September 7, 2022. Previously the President and Head of the R&D Division of Hyundai Motor Group, Biermann now works as an Executive Technical Advisor for the company. The i30 N can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds in its most performance-focused configuration, and it has a standard top speed of 155 mph.
Biermann added that the Ioniq 5 N “has almost 600 horsepower.” When asked for a precise system power figure, he said that Hyundai N hasn’t finalized but “it could be 580, 600, or 620 horsepower.”
Video Source: YouTube/CarSpyMedia
The speculation so far was that the Ioniq 5 N could sport two electric motors generating a total power of 430 kW (576 hp) and a total torque of 740 Nm (546 lb.-ft.) like in the Kia EV6 GT, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 161 mph. Drive’s report suggests that the Ioniq 5 N’s specs could be even better!
The sheer power, quick acceleration, and “tonnes of speed” won’t be the only specialties in the Ioniq 5 N. The key aspect in high-performance models is pulsating driving experience, which the 5 N will deliver. During its development, Hyundai N didn’t forget enthusiasts who drive sideways, as Biermann says that the Ioniq 5 N will have “drift mode.” Pressing an allocated button will direct most power to the rear wheels.
EVs offer incredible straight-line acceleration, far better than gas-powered models, but they’re relatively more difficult to handle when cornering due to the heavy battery. Hyundai N may employ torque vectoring by a twin-clutch to speed up power distribution between each wheel so that the Ioniq 5 N can carve through the corners with increased speed and precision. N-specific regenerative braking should allow precisely controlling yaw and corner effortlessly.
A 77.4 kWh battery pack should be a standard fitment in the Ioniq 5 N. It may deliver an EPA-est. range of between 200 and 225 miles.
|Aspect||Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Specification (Expected)|
|No. of Motors||Two|
|System Power||580-620 hp|
|System Torque||Around 546 lb.-ft.|
|0-60 mph Acceleration Time||Approx. 3.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||About 155 mph|
|Battery Pack||77.4 kWh|
|Range (EPA)||200-225 miles|
N e-shift virtual DCT
In a report by CarExpert on December 12, 2022, Biermann confirmed that the Korean automaker will be implementing the “N e-shift” virtual gearbox technology in its Ioniq 5 N. Biermann is keen on bringing in the engaging driving experience felt when behind the wheel of an gasoline-engined car with a DCT, like in the i30 N hot hatchback.
Hyundai has also been working on simulating gear-shift jolts and vibrations, along with a simulated rev limiter and ICE sounds – to be heard both inside and outside. Biermann is also calling this “Virtual Grin Shift.”
Apparently, the system will be activated by pressing a button on the steering wheel and then pulling both paddles at the same time. Drivers will also be able to deactivate it by simply pulling back the steering-mounted paddles. Apart from the sound effects, Hyundai is also working on regen-level adjustment whilst shifting. There’s also scope for owners to download new sound effects via an OTA update, though that may take longer to come to fruition.
Price & Release Date
The Ioniq 5 N will go on sale in the first markets in 2023. Its U.S. launch may follow the same year, with prices starting at around USD 60,000. The first all-electric Hyundai N model will compete with Hyundai Motor Group’s own Kia EV6 GT, which will go on sale in the U.S. in Q4 2022. Also watch out for the Hyundai Ioniq 6 N, which should reach the marketplace by 2024.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N FAQs
What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N release date?
The company has confirmed that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will go on sale in 2023.
Which models will compete with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N?
The Kia EV6 GT will be the Ioniq 5 N’s closest rival. It will also compete indirectly with the Mustang Mach-E GT.
What will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N price?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N could cost around USD 60,000.
Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s illustration of the Ioniq 5 N guided by spy shots.